Today’s Supreme Court decision in Knox v. SEIU is a major victory for individual liberties and workers’ right not to be coerced by government or unions. Those workers who choose not to join unions should not be forced to fund the unions’ political activities. The Court’s decision for the worker to opt-in to paycheck deductions for political activities rather than opt-out of these payments restores the proper protection for the individual’s freedom of speech and conscience. Justice Alito wrote for the majority, “Courts do not presume acquiescence in the loss of fundamental rights.”
Featuring the author Angus Deaton, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economic and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs & Economics Department, Princeton University; with comments by Charles Kenny, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development; moderated by Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.
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